Revitalized Razorbacks: Arkansas Can Turn Season Around Now

By Steve LeMaster
Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Suddenly, bowl eligibility isn’t completely out of the question for the once-dominant Arkansas Razorbacks. Following a 24-7 win on the road over the Auburn Tigers, Arkansas has a great opportunity to put together a four-game winning streak before finishing the regular-season with games against Southeastern Conference powerhouses South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU.

With the win over Auburn, Arkansas (2-4 overall, 1-2 in the SEC) halted a four-game losing streak. After dropping four straight games, Arkansas–with three more consecutive wins–would be within one game of bowl eligibility in early-November.

Head coach John L. Smith and many Arkansas fans were left smiling following the Razorbacks’ impressive conference win over Auburn. Why can’t the Razorbacks put together a four-game win streak? Well, they can.

The Razorbacks will host the Kentucky Wildcats on Oct. 13. About the same time Arkansas was defeating Auburn, Kentucky was dropping its fourth straight game to the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Mississippi State pulled away to beat the Wildcats 24-14. Kentucky has also lost to the South Carolina Gamecocks, Florida Gators, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Louisville Cardinals. The Wildcats are 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the SEC.

After hosting Kentucky following an open date, Arkansas will entertain the Ole Miss Rebels on Oct. 27. Ole Miss was 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the SEC heading into a home game with the Texas A&M Aggies (3-1 overall, 1-1 in the SEC). The Rebels have defeated underdogs Central Arkansas, UTEP and Tulane. Ole Miss has lost to perennial college football heavyweights Texas and Alabama.

Arkansas will welcome in Tulsa on Nov. 3. Tulsa packed a 4-1 overall record and a 2-0 Conference USA mark into a game at Marshall this week. The Golden Hurricane own wins over UAB, Fresno State, Nicholls State and Tulane. The Iowa State Cyclones defeated Tulsa 28-23 in a season-opener.

Forget the Razorbacks’ recent downward spiral, which started back on Sept. 8 when Arkansas dropped a home game to much-improved Louisiana-Monroe. The Razorbacks played well on the road in Auburn and have an opportunity to put together a nice run and salvage a season.

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